Fourteen-year-old C.C. had planned to spend the summer relaxing with her friends, working on her poetry, and hanging out with her boyfriend, Patrick O'Connell--a real hunk, and a great kisser. But when her best friend, Cluck--who was once totally in love with C.C.--suddenly breaks up with his girlfriend, and perfect Patrick wants to do more than just kiss, the summer suddenly gets a lot more complicated. In this hilarious and insightful sequel to "Curtis Piperfield's Biggest Fan," C.C. must make some touch choices as she struggles to better understand her friends, her parents and herself. And while she tries to figure out her feelings for Patrick, she discovers true love where she least expected to find it.
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Lisa Fiedler, a graduate of Skidmore College, has won several prizes for her poetry and fiction. She lives with her family in Fairfield, Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-9-Young teens will be drawn into this book, as the narrator's honest voice gives life to the confusion that defines adolescence. Most of the characters were introduced in Fiedler's Curtis Piperfield's Biggest Fan (Houghton, 1995), but this selection can be read independently. C.C., 14, is pretty and popular with boys. The story revolves around who is going out with whom, appearances, peer pressure, and coping with sexual urges. C.C. constantly dwells on just how far she should go with her current boyfriend and how sexually experienced her friends are. Through the actions of the various characters, the author debates the issue, giving C.C. the voice of reason as she grapples with balancing physical desire with inbred moral attitudes. Her father presents the voice of caution. However, his relatively calm reaction when he catches his daughter and Patrick making out is a bit unrealistic coming from the same father who forbade her to leave the house in a bikini when she was going to a pool party. His message to her is simply to "remember what is important." C.C. is a well-drawn, likable, outspoken girl who has the ability to zero in on her friends' quirks and shortcomings. Poetry is the outlet through which she expresses her feelings. Fiedler's strength is in characterization and accurately giving voice to adolescent concerns. These books will most likely appeal to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's later books in the "Alice" series (Atheneum).
Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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Book Description Clarion Books, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110395891310